Kevin Sands' The Blackthorn Key spins a tale of secrets within secrets, puzzles within puzzles, codes inside of codes, traps within traps. This cinematic thriller kept me on the edge of my seat through the final chapter. The codes had me studying the alchemy symbols that Christopher decoded in order to unravel the secrets of the Cult of the Archangel, the source of evil and corruption in England.
I add my own warning to potential readers:
There will be fireworks. Treachery will be exposed. Blood will be spilt. Heads will literally roll.
"We go right."
"It's left," Tom said.
Bridget flapped by overhead, going left. Tom glared at me.
"All right, fine," I said. "It's left."
Tom folded his arms."We should put the bird in charge."
Hurrah! Hurrah! I look forward to that.